A couple of key quotes from the Racer article talk about the plans and how they're quite foundational and long term in nature (bold added):
“Whether the first major project be in sports cars or in single seaters, whether that be as lofty as IndyCar or Le Mans, or whether it’s something at a lower level, it’s about rebuilding a company around Lola’s capabilities. That’s the primary goal. We need to be careful not to get engrossed in vanity project. I love Le Mans. I’d love Lola to go back to Le Mans, yes, those are all true. But my main goal is building out infrastructure, getting Lola back on track, making sure that that we’re chasing the right opportunities rather than starting off by chasing the spotlight. I need to bring Lola back as a capable engineering and designing house in the world of modern motorsport.”
In term of what programs they could realistically go for, after rebuilding the company's infrastructure and engineering teams:
Bechtolscheimer sees a reconstituted Lola, working from its base in England, as a perfect option for global and domestic series to look beyond the new establishment and consider the firm for its next line of race cars.
“I think that’s exactly right, and when I think about it in simple terms, Lola was really one of one of the most prolific racecar constructors for more than half a century,” he said. “Lola was always involved in the lower categories and it was the bread and butter of the business. And right now if I’m honest, the opportunity for Lola to provide a full solution to a single-make series and allow us to staff up around an opportunity to do a higher number of chassis for a spec formula is just as exciting to me as doing a big and attention-grabbing project.”
Sounds like the initial race car plan may be to target getting the company ready to offer replacements to ageing F4 and F3 chassis from the likes of Tatuus, Dome, Ligier and Mygale. Some of these chassis are getting into replacement territory now, whilst I also can't remember the last time I head something positive said about the quite extensively used Tatuus F3 car. A solid foothold in that market could be a good start, and very aligned with Lola history.
From there, I guess larger targets like a Le Mans Prototype or replacement chassis for F2, IndyCar, IndyLights a few years down the line may be on the cards.
Edited by Ben1445, 25 June 2022 - 06:14.